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Hurford, J. (2003) The Language Mosaic and its Evolution. In M.H. Christiansen and S. Kirby, editors, Language Evolution: The States of the Art. Oxford University Press.

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Abstract

The human capacity for language and the structures of individual languages can best be understood from an evolutionary perspective. Both the biological capacity and languages owe their shape to events far back in the past. Biological steps toward language-readiness involved preadaptations for modern phonetics, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Once humans were language-ready, ever more complex language systems could grow, relatively fast, by cultural transmission, generation after generation. This latter process is profitably studied by grammaticalization theory and computer modelling.
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@incollection{hurford03languageMosaic,
  author={J. Hurford},
  title={The Language Mosaic and its Evolution},
  year={2003},
  editor={M.H. Christiansen and S. Kirby},
  publisher={Oxford University Press},
  booktitle={Language Evolution: The States of the Art},
  url={http://groups.lis.illinois.edu/amag/langev/paper/hurford03languageMosaic.html}
}